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I am a 66 year old male and have had OLP for well over 20 years. I broke a tooth on holiday in January and the US dentist replaced my mercury amalgam filling in a molar with a resin one and that got me thinking again that years ago I'd heard there can sometimes be a link between amalgam fillings and OLP. About a decade ago I'd mentioned it to my dentist who at the time dismissed the suggestion. So, I Googled it and, thanks to the expansion of information on the internet, found many medical and scientific papers suggesting there can sometimes be a link. I stress the word "sometimes;" the papers I read indicated that most OLP is not related to amalgam, but the best indicator is if the OLP lesions are in close proximity to the amalgam fillings, even then it's not conclusive. In my case, my OLP was 100% aligned with my numerous amalgam fillngs, which I've had for much of my life, thanks to less than perfect dental care in my childhood in the 1950's. Anyway, I emailed some of the papers to my dentist (I've been with the same practice for nearly 40 years), and made an appointment. After a 35 minute conversation he agreed to remove all my amalgam fillings and replace them with resin. This was done in four sessions: top left, bottom left, top right, bottom right, over a period from mid February to mid July. After the very first session, the OLP on the left side of my mouth calmed down significantly, still plenty of white patches, but the soreness and ulcers were gone within days, while it remained as bad as ever on the right side. After each session things improved further and now, ten days after the final session my OLP is gone. I can't believe the change in my life, after years of constant soreness, despair when Adcortyl was taken off the market, a decade of bitter steroid tablets under my tongue, suddenly it has all gone. I hope my story may be of help to some others out there, but I also don't wish to raise false hopes, so Google it yourself and, as I said, my understanding is that this only applies in a few cases and the best indicator is if the lesions closely aline with the mercury amalgam fillings; the only proof is if you remove the amalgam and the OLP goes away.
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